HO CHI MINH CITY, 27 March 2017: Ho Chi Minh City will open a weekend market in the city’s downtown district, later this year, to create a new shopping and entertainment venue for locals and visitors.
In recent months both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have announced plans to add tourist attractions and walking streets.
Studies show Vietnam’s tourism is expanding fast and will become a leader in the region over the next 10 years, especially in aviation. It is already competing head-on with business rival Thailand. Read more
THUA THIEN-HUE, 23 March 2017: Thua Thien-Hue authorities are urging local airlines to add services linking the world heritage city with Bangkok in Thailand.
Local media reported representatives from travel agencies supported the proposal at a meeting with Jetstar held late last week.
The airline agreed that in the immediate future it would offer two flights weekly, a major increase from the two token flights a month that the airline offers at present. Read more
HANOI, 22 March 2017: Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has issued a code of conduct for tourists and tour operators.
Tuoi Tre News reported the etiquette guidebook consists of two chapters with 12 articles, aimed at showing travel agents how to be service minded and travellers how to behave.
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism chief, Nguyen Van Tuan, was quoted saying the guidebook will help to build a better image of the nation’s tourists, amid complaints by foreigners. Read more
HANOI, 21 March 2017: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Transport, to increase landing and takeoff fees for airlines, as well as passenger service taxes.
Tuoi Tre News media reported the current fee for passengers at Category A airports is VND70,000 (USD3.13) per person and VND60,000 (USD2.68) per person for Category B airports.
The CAAV proposal, if accepted, would raise fees to VND90,909 (USD4.06) and VND72,727 (USD3.25), respectively. Read more
QUANG NAM, 20 March 2017: Vietjet Air is seeking Ministry of Transport’s permission to embark on a massive upgrade of Chu Lai Airport in Quang Nam province.
Saigon Times media reported the airline was seeking approval to conduct a pre-feasibility study that would give the airport a new passenger terminal with a capacity of 4 to 5 million passengers.
Vietjet has joined hands with the US Parsons Corporation to compile a four-phase plan. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 17 March 2017: Ho Chi Minh City authorities will allow vendors to sell goods and food on some street pavements in the Pham Ngu Lao Ward in District 1.
Local media reported that a draft plan, written up by city’s Department of Tourism and District 1 People’s Committee, will include upgrading infrastructure and redirecting traffic on Pham Ngu Lao and De Tham streets and turning Bui Vien into a pedestrian walkway at night.
Pham Ngu Lao Ward People’s Committee vice chairman, Cao Hong Viet, was quoted saying owners of food and drink stalls will be allowed to park vehicles, or set up vendor stalls, on pavements from 1700 at specific sections of pedestrian streets. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 March 2017: Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee aims to host tourism-related festivals and events to make the city more appealing and action packed for international visitors.
Local media quoted committee vice chairman, Tran Vinh Tuyen, saying the city will create events to fill out the calendar to lift the city’s image as fun place to visit.
“More festivals will be created so that each month there will be at least one event hosted in the city.” Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 March 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism authorities claim that the launch of an eVisa, last month, has increased travel bookings to Vietnam and particularly the southern city which is the country main gateway.
Local media quoted the city’s Vietnam National University’s Tourism Institute head Nguyen Duc Tri, saying the eVisa also enables improved data and updates of foreign tourists visiting the country, which will help tourism officials to monitor trends and adapt the country’s tourism products to meet demand.
According to Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Immigration, 490 foreigners applied for an eVisa since it was introduced in February. Of that total 210 applications were filed a week after the pilot scheme was introduced Read more
THUA THIEN-HUE, 15 March 2017: The 7th Traditional Crafts Festival is scheduled to take place in the ancient imperial city of Hue, 28 April to 2 May.
The People’s Committee of Hue chairman, Nguyen Van Thanh, told local media that the festival is a major cultural and economic event, playing a significant role in supporting retail sales in the city.
“It also honours traditional crafts and aims to improve business, partnerships and cooperation in all areas, especially tourism.” Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 15 March 2017: Low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific has officially signed a long-term component support agreement for its fleet of A320s with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) for the provision of aircraft spare parts.
The deal was signed, last week, according to local media that quoted Jetstar Pacific general director, Nguyen Quoc Phuong, saying: “Cooperation will help us make significant improvements in maintenance and on-time performance. Support services will start later this month.”
The airline, whose major shareholders are Vietnam Airlines and Australia’s Qantas Airways, operates a fleet of 14 Airbus A320 jetliners, which is expected to grow to 30 by 2021. Read more